Graphics challenges

by Lee Hopkins on December 29, 2007 · 4 comments

in second life

cross-posted from my Second Life blog

I recently upgraded my graphics from the on-motherboard NVIDIA GeForce 6150LE to a dedicated ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro, to amusing effect.

Whilst there is no doubt that things have sped up quite considerably on my display and I get less of the ‘out of virtual memory’ messages from Windows XP, Second Life has been displaying weirdly!

Here’s a snip of a screenshot — note: “I ain’t got no body!” as David Lee Roth once sang. Nor does anybody else, but they at least have hair and sometimes their boots!

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And my SL client has grown two new features, too — I am confused!

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But equally confusing, because I don’t know if it is a graphics card issue or a SL client issue, is that I now have a second window open up showing me the processes going on behind the scenes…

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I’ve just upgraded my graphics driver to the latest version but that hasn’t improved things!

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You can see that I am wearing clothes, but no clothes (or body) can be seen. Any clues, anyone?

  • Summer

    I don’t understand computers all that well, but I just bought a new one and was hoping I could play Second life.
    It is a Dell XPS (bought new Jan 08)
    Windows Vista Home premium
    ATI Radeon HD 2400 video card.
    3.25 GRAM

    When I log onto second life I move around for 1-2 minutes and then the screen goes entirely black, I have to press the power button to restart the computer. (Ctrl-alt-delete) doesn’t work.

    Since you play second life – could you tell me if my computer is even good enough to play or should I just delete the game off my computer?

    Thank you for any comments or advice you may have for me.

  • Summer

    I don’t understand computers all that well, but I just bought a new one and was hoping I could play Second life.
    It is a Dell XPS (bought new Jan 08)
    Windows Vista Home premium
    ATI Radeon HD 2400 video card.
    3.25 GRAM

    When I log onto second life I move around for 1-2 minutes and then the screen goes entirely black, I have to press the power button to restart the computer. (Ctrl-alt-delete) doesn’t work.

    Since you play second life – could you tell me if my computer is even good enough to play or should I just delete the game off my computer?

    Thank you for any comments or advice you may have for me.

  • Chaos Mandelbrot

    The client server menu items have nothing to do with the graphics card. They are “optional” menus that can be toggled with Ctrl-alt D. I suspect the process screen is a SL debug tool that was accidentally turned on. (there are lots of hot keys that do weird things in SL)

  • Chaos Mandelbrot

    The client server menu items have nothing to do with the graphics card. They are “optional” menus that can be toggled with Ctrl-alt D. I suspect the process screen is a SL debug tool that was accidentally turned on. (there are lots of hot keys that do weird things in SL)

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